It’s that time of year when we tune into the (You)tube and watch/listen to the president’s writers dazzle us with their verbal prowess and natural ability to use words as a catalyst for optimism (for the pro-prez crowd) and outrage (for the anti-prez crowd). Yes, it’s *always* one or the other. I’m a good, well-trained American. Aren’t you too?
Anyway, the arrival of the State of The Union Address also means it’s time for me to update my spreadsheet tracking the use of two words – innovation & innovative. I’ll update this to reflect the 2015 address when I receive the transcript, but for now, this is what I’ve got to share.
The words innovation and innovative first* appear in the 1981 State of the Union address. Since then (as of January 19, 2015) they have been used 57 times.
And every president has used at least one of the words during a State of the Union address during their presidency, some more than others.
Bush (2), 9
Bush (1), 1
Historically, in their State of the Union address, the Democrats use these words much more often than the Republicans.
I have no idea what this means. Maybe you do?
* I’m only concerned with the word use during my lifetime, so I didn’t really go too far back into history. When I reached the 1950 State of the Union address, I stopped looking. However, if you go to Speech Wars and search for either word, you’ll find that the word innovation is used 5 times between 1855 and 1904, disappears for a while, then returns in 1981. I haven’t actually looked at (searched) the transcripts to verify this. Oh yeah, if you’re looking for transcripts, I recommend checking out the American Presidency Project.